Humble Beginnings

The Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo has a significant historical role within the economy of Region VI in the Philippines. Its importance dates back to the early 1900s when it served as a central point for trade, education, culture, and industry in the region. During the Pre-American Colonial Era, international trading was well-established, contributing to the region's economic activity.

The inception of the Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo was primarily driven by influential entities such as Multi-National Companies like Ker & Company, as well as prominent families like Elizade, Yulo, Zulueta, Javelosa, Lopez, and the Villanuevas. These entities played a pivotal role in its formation and initial functioning.

A significant development occurred on July 1, 1978, when President Ferdinand Marcos issued Letter of Instruction No. 780. This instruction led to the merging of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the Philippine Chamber of Industry. As a result, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iloilo, Inc. was established. It was officially registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 17, 1980, under the leadership of Mr. Ramon Hechanova.

The Evolution of PCCI-Iloilo

The organization continued its existence, subsequently undergoing a name change. It was renamed the "Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Iloilo Chapter, Inc." on March 11, 2014. This renaming was aligned with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Philippines, reflecting a broader affiliation.

Throughout its evolution, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Iloilo Chapter, Inc. functions as a collaborative partner in the growth and development of both Iloilo City and Iloilo Province, supporting various aspects of economic, social, and cultural progress in the region and maintained its commitment as the "Voice of Business" and “Inspiring Investment through Innovation and Inclusivity”.

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